We all know travelling can be costly, but does it have to be? I shall answer that for you, no, no it doesn’t. Buenos Aires is like an open air museum and I’ve made it my mission to explore it without spending a penny…
1) El Ateneo Grand Splendid
Let's just say it wasn't voted 2nd most beautiful bookshop in the world by the Guardian for nothing. I get it, a bookshop doesn’t sound that exciting, but hold your horses. From the outside an ordinary shop, but venture inside and you will find an old theatre. Peruse aisles upon aisles of books from the stalls right up to the balcony. So bookworms grab a novel and hibernate in one of the royal boxes, you can thank me later.
2) La Boca
Get lost in the streets of La Boca, find hidden sidewalks painted every colour and shade. Although a heavy tourist trap simply avoid the gimmicks and marvel at the architecture and pockets of beauty. Speaking of pockets, hold onto your valuables!
3) La Recoleta Cemetery
It may not sound like the kind of holiday excursion you were thinking of, but I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it in your life. Home to Eva Peron’s tomb, along with many famous Argentinian presidents, nobel prize winners and not forgetting 80 cats. Scurry through the labyrinth of mausoleums at your own will or join the crowds surrounding Evita’s monument.
4) Puerto Madero
Time to check out Buenos Aires urban side. Amble down by the Marina, the perfect place for a late night stroll, run or even rollerblade. Besides the many waterside restaurants on offer you can also mooch across the famous Puente De La Mujer - Women's Bridge in English - or perhaps stop and gaze upon the oldest gunner boat in the Argentinian Naval fleet.
Argentine's love a party so make sure you plan ahead and see what's going on in the city before you book. Catching the Bolivian community of Buenos Aires performing their traditional parade through the city centre was really rather impressive, think Notting Hill Carnival and some.
Being in the birth place of the Argentinian Tango gives plenty of opportunity to catch the dancers in action and not always at a cost. Frequently you can find pairs practicing in the streets, especially outside the Opera House or in La Boca. Maybe even give it a whirl yourself with floor diagrams to help you move your dancing feet
7) Walking tours
If roaming the streets yourself feels slightly daunting, join one of the many free walking tours to discover the history this beautiful city has to offer. Check out Buenos Aires Free Walks who offer trips morning and afternoon come rain or shine.
Now that you've saved sufficient funds go treat yourself to a steak and glass of wine.
First stop Buenos Aires...